[Cross-posted from our partner site, OC Political]
According to campaign finance reports released last week for 2017, Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) raised over $2 million to fight the recall effort against him but spent $1.5 million, leaving him with cash-on-hand of $555,111 along with $26,255 in unpaid bills and a $60,000 loan, bringing his cash-on-hand down to $468,856. (His five largest expenditures categories were $297,059 on television commercials, $269,671 on campaign consultants, $215,662 on an outside vendor employing precinct walkers, $210,643 on campaign worker salaries, and $72,513 on campaign literature and mailings.)
Another committee, Californians for Better Communities (CBC), run by construction unions, raised $680,000, transferring $250,000 to Newman to get him over $2 million (he raised just under $1.8 million without that transfer) and spent another $213,696, leaving themselves with $215,341 cash-on-hand.
Reform California, the committee founded by former City Councilman Carl De Maio (R-San Diego), raised $827,478 and spent $629,044, with the bulk of it spent on qualifying the recall, primarily on signature gatherers. They have $213,643 cash-on-hand after accounting for $12,251 in unpaid bills.
Another committee, Californians Against Car and Gas Tax Hikes, run by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, raised $127,903 and spent $127,008, leaving $895 cash-on-hand, or $119 after accounting for unpaid bills of $776. They spent most of their funds on signature gatherers.
For visual learners:
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand
Unpaid Bills and Loans
|Reform CA (pro-recall)||$827,478||$0||$0||$12,251||$629,044||$225,894||$213,643||$213,643|
|Notes: Figures may be off by one dollar due to rounding.|
Only three candidates have initiated any paperwork to run as replacement candidates should Newman be recalled. No Democrat has yet jumped in as a backup candidate for their party in case Newman is recalled. (The 2003 “No on the Recall, Yes on [Cruz] Bustamante” strategy.)
All are holding back on spending, with a combined expenditure total of $9,856 through December 31. The candidates were presumably waiting for the Governor to set the recall election, which he did not do until January 8.
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